Greg Dunn: neuroart

scrolls | gold leaf paintings | microetchings

 
Self Reflected,
Self Reflected,

8' X 12' / 22K gilded reflective microetching The most complex and detailed piece of art on human brain in the world, capturing the connection between the mysterious three pound macroscopic brain and the microscopic behavior of neurons. It offers an unprecedented insight of the brain into itself, revealing the enormous scope of beautiful and delicately balanced neural choreographies designed to reflect what is occurring in our own minds as we observe this work of art.

Pranayama
Pranayama

24” X 32”, 22K handmade gilded microetching limited edition of 10 Pranayama, controlling the mind through the breath, has been practiced around the world for thousands of years. With continued practice comes a growing awareness of prana, a subtle energy in the body whose movement can be controlled through breath.

Brainbow Hippocampus
Brainbow Hippocampus

22K gilded microetching 24” X 32” in custom frame, or 34” X 44” X 6” in shadowbox, 2014 Limited edition of 20 This microetching is of the cellular structure of the rodent hippocampus, a region of the brain involved in learning, memory, and sensory integration. It depicts the classically studied trisynaptic loop wherein axons arriving via the perforant path from cortex (bottom left) synapse onto the neurons of the dentate gyrus (C-shaped structure, bottom center).

Chaotic Connectome
Chaotic Connectome

22K gilded microetching in custom frame 24” X 28”, 2013 limited edition of 10 Chaotic Connectome is the first microetching ever produced, and is of an abstract neural landscape. This piece was initially developed to illustrate the depth of complexity of any given region of the brain through designating specific sets of neurons to different reflective “channels”.

Cortical Circuitboard
Cortical Circuitboard

22K gilded microetching in custom frame 24” X 32”, 2013 limited edition of 15 Cortical Circuitboard features a stylized array of cortical neurons that are arranged into the layered structure of the cerebral cortex. We incorporated aesthetic motifs drawn from circuitboard design into the neural landscape to draw parallels between the chaos of a biological brain and the order of an electronic one.

Silicon Wafer
Silicon Wafer

22K gilded microetching in custom frame 23” diameter, 2013 limited edition of 10 Engineers utilize photolithographic etching processes to manufacture nanoscale components onto silicon wafers to create microchips. The features on a microchip are so small that they diffract light into its component colors. The result is a beautiful rainbow effect, and the colors change depending on the angle of the viewer and the surface features of the chip itself.

Self Reflected, permanent exhibit at the Franklin Institutte, 0'59"
Mind Illuminated, video of exhibition at Mutter Museum, 3'26"
An Introduction to Microetching, 2'47"

Microetchings are handmade lithographs that manipulate light on a microscopic scale to control the reflectivity of metallic surfaces in precise ways. These techniques were invented by Dr. Greg Dunn and his colleague Dr. Brian Edwards in order to change the way in which the viewer experiences a painting. Please note that these microetchings are designed to evolve based on the moving perspective of the viewer and are impossible to capture in still images.

 

Statement from the Creator:

 

My non-traditional path to art through a doctorate in neuroscience arms me with an outsider’s perspective and gives me the freedom to introduce imagery and concepts derived from a different world than is traditionally encountered in fine art.

 

My work is neonaturalist, art based on natural forms and influenced by scientific advancements that allows us to perceive the universe beyond human senses. Neonaturalism harmonizes unfamiliar scientific imagery and techniques with an experimental artistic scaffolding. For example, it demonstrates that fractal forms of nature are consistent across scale; that neural landscapes of the brain fit seamlessly into the established realm of Asian aesthetics; that expanses of the microscopic world are fundamentally equivalent to landscapes of the macroscopic world.

 

Neonaturalism fuses the worlds of concept and aesthetics, chaos and order, art and data. This approach visually, conceptually, and technologically brings the scientific method into design and technique to produce pieces that demonstrate surprising and sometimes beautifully abstract notions about the unseen while commenting on the common foundations of art and science in communicating human experience. Neonaturalism translates the perpetual stream of inspiration at the cutting edge of scientific research into visceral artistic form to portray the immense beauty that pervades all corners and all scales of our universe.